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Despite Cabrera's home run, Tigers fall to the White Sox 6-2 in series opener

Miguel Cabrera hit his career-high 41st home run in the Tigers' 6-2 win over Oakland on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
Miguel Cabrera hit his career-high 41st home run in the Tigers' 6-2 win over Oakland on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

CHICAGO, IL (WTVB) - The Tigers were topped by the White Sox 6-to-2 last night in Chicago even though Miguel Cabrera homered in his fourth straight game for Detroit. The Central Division leading Tigers, who have dropped 3-of-4 since their 12-game winning streak, were held in check by White Sox ace lefty Chris Sale, who went the distance to open the 3-game series. After giving up Cabrera’s first inning solo shot and an rbi double by Brayan Pena in the second to put Detroit up 2-to-0, Sale was in command the rest of the way en route to his fifth career complete game. Last place Chicago took the lead for good with 3 runs in the fifth off Tiger starter and loser Doug Fister, who allowed four runs in six frames to fall to 10-and-6. The defeat for Fister followed a streak of five straight quality starts that included a 4-and-0 record while giving up only 7 runs in 34 innings.

Detroit second baseman Omar Infante returned to the lineup after being on the disabled list for more than a month with a sprained ankle. He batted seventh in the lineup and went 0-for-4. The loss trimmed the Tiger’s division lead to 6-and-a-half games over charging Kansas City, as they moved past idle Cleveland into second place with the Royal’s 17th win in 20 games in a 6-2 victory last night over the Marlins. The Tigers and Royals on Thursday begin a 5-game series in Detroit. Tonight, Max Scherzer takes his major league best 17-and-1 record to the mound for the Tigers against the White Sox.

The Chicago Cubs lost 2-to-0 last night to the Reds at Wrigley Field where they have been shutout three straight times, which hasn’t happened since 1924.  

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